This post was written by a young man who I met a number of years ago through the Toronto contingent of NaNoWiMo(ers) – never quite figured out how to address that group collectively. Anywho, when first I met young Ren, he was female presenting and after spending some time together at writing sessions and NaNo events, I had made the assumption that Ren was gay. This did not change my opinion of Ren. I always thought Ren was a nice kid (I’m a generation or so older that most of the young ‘ns in that writing group), sweet, kind, conscientious, funny, a talented young writer and a great karaoke host. Even though I haven’t seen Ren in three or four years and he is now male presenting, this opinion has not changed; nor will it ever.
I consider myself an LGBT ally, I believe everyone on this planet is entitled to their rights being equal to the next persons. Not one of us is better than anyone else nor is anyone more deserving of respect than another person. We are all human; ergo, we are all equal.
I encourage you to read Ren’s post with an open mind; perhaps you could continue reading his blog and become educated on the many issues with which transgender folks are faced. It is my humble opinion that the more people educate themselves to issues they deem “uncomfortable” the less “assholey” they tend to be – sadly, this does not apply to all people, but I have hope for the human race.
While you may not remember me, I will always remember you. I can’t put my finger on precisely what it was; your constant smiling face, your exuberance, joyfulness or zest for life, but you impressed me. I have dealt with a few lows in my life and plowed through some shitty experiences, but what you have endured just to be who you are, well, it humbles me. I am truly grateful to have met you and perhaps our paths will cross again one day. Until then, I wish you much peace, love and happiness – I remain, SnippyB 🙂